Kaori Yamaguchi

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Kaori Yamaguchi
Medal record
Women's judo
Representing  Japan
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1984 Vienna -52 kg
Silver medal – second place 1980 New York -52 kg
Silver medal – second place 1982 Paris -52 kg
Silver medal – second place 1986 Maastricht -52 kg
Silver medal – second place 1987 Essen -52 kg

Kaori Yamaguchi (山口香?, Yamaguchi Kaori, born December 28, 1964 in Toshima, Tokyo, Japan) is a retired judoka.

Yamaguchi won the All-Japan Judo Championships 10 consecutive times from 1978–1987 (twice in the -50 kg division, seven times in the -52 kg division) and won her first medal at the 1980 World Judo Championships. She went on to win 4 silver medals and one gold medal at the World Judo Championships. She also won a bronze medal in the -52 kg division at the 1988 Summer Olympics in [{Seoul]], where women's judo was held as a demonstration sport.[1] She retired from competitive judo in 1989 when she graduated from the University of Tsukuba. She worked as an instructor for the University of Tsukuba and Musashi University since retiring. Yamaguchi is currently Associate professor of Tsukuba.

She is the model for the protagonist in Naoki Urasawa's judo manga, Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl, and makes a cameo appearance in the film version of the manga as well.[citation needed]

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